Discseel is an outpatient procedure, and patients are usually walking within the first 24 hours. Discseel patients may experience mild, temporary discomfort. This is normal and expected. Beginning the day of your procedure, your discs will begin healing and continue to do so over the next 12 months.
Post Procedure Protocol
Beginning on day two, if you had Discseel in the lumbar/cervical area, we'd like you to begin walking around your home while avoiding bending and twisting (only in the lumbar region). There are no driving restrictions unless the patient is taking prescription pain medication. We would like you to begin a daily regime of walking after the first couple of days following the procedure and gradually build up time/distance over the next few months as you feel better. You will receive in-depth post-op instructions on the day of your procedure.
“After I treated thousands of patients in the United States and overseas, I've been fortunate to have no patient complications. Nobody has been made worse, and that can’t be said about spine surgery.” – Dr. Pauza
This is an outpatient procedure, and patients go to the recovery room immediately following the procedure for one hour. You will likely need a few days to rest, however, we want you up and walking around the day following your procedure. After the first few days, when you are feeling up to it, we want you beginning a daily regimen of walking, gradually building up your walking distance every few weeks. Most people need prescription pain medication for the first few weeks. Everyone is different and it typically depends on the patient's pain threshold. Most people see a change within 3 - 12 months after the Discseel procedure, and some are sooner than that. The Discseel Cervical procedure tends to have a quicker recovery time than the lumbar procedure. Most people are back at work the following week after their procedure. It is normal to experience increased symptoms after your procedure and then go through a period of time where the pain waxes and wanes for several months. The main thing to remember following your procedure is to avoid two movements: flexion (forward bending) and rotation (twisting). Flexion is a compressive force and rotation is a shear force, both of which damage and tear discs. Many people ask, "How long do I have to avoid those movements?". We encourage all patients to avoid these movements as a lifestyle because we know these are the two forces that damage and tear discs. Many patients find it helpful working with a physical therapist for a short period of time following the procedure to learn new body mechanics in effort to avoid those movements that cause wear and tear on the discs.
It can take 3 - 12 months for the disc to be restored to a fully healthy state. Beginning the day of your procedure, your discs will begin the healing process. Most patients experience increased symptoms following the procedure for several weeks and do not notice significant change from their usual pain for several months. Occasionally some notice a quick diiference, but that's the exception, not the norm.
Dr. Pauza wants you to eat well and be active in smart ways. He wants you yo avoid bending and twisting because we know those are the two movements that damage discs. Immediately following the procedure, as with any spine procedure or surgery, for the first 12-24 hours watch for a fever of 101.5 or greater, incontinence of the baldder and bowel, or rapidly progressing weekness of the legs. We have never had anyone need to come back and be seen by Dr Pauza immediately following the procedure because of these symptoms. Most patients experince muscle spasms, low back pressure, and occasionally increased symptoms in their extremities. These are are considered "normal" for post-op symptoms and can last for several weeks after the procedure.
We will work with your prescriptions and provide pain medications immediately following your procedure. If you are an out of state patient, because of pharmacy regulations, we ask that you follow up with a pain management doctor in your hometown before your prescription runs out if you need to continue meds to manage your pain.
Many patients want to return to their previous level of activities asap. We encouarge all patients to walk for the first 4-6 weeks following their procedure. Once you are feeling better, you may add in an activity you once enjoyed doing, but only at a 10% level. Using common sense approach, if you feel ok at a 10% level, stay at that level for a brief period of time and slowly add more in judging it by how you feel. If you notice an increased level of pain the next day, back off from it and listen to your body. Always remember, Dr Pauza wants you to avoid flexion and rotation as a lifestyle because those two movements damage the discs.